46 Percent of School’s Students Absent From School After Falling Ill

Fifty-two students and six employees at The Midlands Math and Business Academy either did not come to school or left early due to illness on Thursday according to an Associated Press report published Friday, September 28th. The students and employees reported suffering from diarrhea, cramping and vomiting.

As of Friday, 25 of the Richland County Charter School students were still absent. The fourth through eighth grade school has no cafeteria but students do eat delivered meals in their classrooms. None of the other schools served by that kitchen are reporting mass absences.


The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) was busy interviewing students and teachers in an effort to find a link between the illnesses and determine what caused so many to fall ill. Meanwhile, the district sent maintenance crews Thursday evening to help thoroughly clean and disinfect the school.

Our children’s health is always at the forefront of our minds. Our public schools have a responsibility to create and maintain a clean, safe environment for our children to attend school in. Often, our communities fall short of that responsibility. If you or someone you love has been the victim of food poisoning, please contact a South Carolina foodborne illness attorney at Louthian Law Firm immediately for consultation.